It’s such a big world, says Vincenzo

I have been house cleaning.  As some of you know, I do this at least once every decade.  I find the most amazing things. 

While I was rummaging through boxes of stuff, I came upon an art brochure advertising dealers in “master drawings.”  One of the dealers advertised itself with a portrait drawing by an artist I’ve never heard of Vincenzo Gemito (1852-1929).  And — I dunno — something about the directness of the drawing just bowled me over.  It’s so incisive.  The artist has wanted to catch every element of the figure, of each form.  A shoulder is as good as a strand of hair for this guy.  And all of it, he seems to find marvellous.

Aren’t human beings pretty wonderful?  And in all their forms, in every ordinary particular, so wonderous to contemplate.

Okay, it’s not what we typically think while standing in line at the Motor Vehicle Administration (as Seinfeld so aptly noted).  But when you feel this wonderment, you should go for it.  That’s what I think. 

The drawing at the top is not the one I saw.  I’m finding other works by Gemito on the internet.  But this drawing is pretty wonderful too.

UPDATE:  I found this catalog of Vincenzo Gemito Drawings on line here.

Was it just the North Koreans?


On Thursday, July 8, 2009, my stats went nuts.

I thought to myself: “Finally!  The world notices!  The world has discovered that I’m the best artistic thing since sliced bread!”  Now I’m having doubts.  Now I’m wondering if it bore any relationship to the story of North Korean attacks on US websites?  Aw, shucks.  Could it be?

And I hope it’s not — I do not wish to be an accidental blip on the international scoundrel radar.  For one thing because I don’t think North Korea is buying a whole lot of art — and two, I don’t like people messing with my country and its internet infrastructures.

I hope it was just a coincidence.  ( Cause, you know, I really am the greatest thing since sliced bread….  Really.)